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Police to hold online safety advice event at Bluewater

PUBLISHED: 15:21 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 12 June 2017

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They'll advice individuals, families, and businesses on protecting against software threats

Crime prevention advice:

· Download software updates as soon as they appear

· Delete suspicious emails immediately

· Use anti-virus software

· Review your privacy settings on social media and other online accounts you may have

· Use a separate credit card for online transactions

· Lock your screen if you are away from your desk

· Don’t plug memory sticks into USB ports unless you know their origin - and, in particular, don’t allow anyone to charge their phone via your computer’s USB port

· Use three or more random words or capital letters, numbers and symbols

Police will be in Bluewater advising the public how to stay safe on the internet, later this month.

Officers from the Cyber Crime Team will be at the force’s Safer Home Store, between June 16 and 18.

During the event they will advise on how to keep yourself and family members safe online, as well as educating small businesses on stapes to protect against threats from software such as ransomware, phishing and spoof emails.

The event is part of the campaign Protect and Connect, an initiative that is being run in partnership with the North West Kent Crime Prevention Panel, a team who will also be at the store handing out free contactless card protectors.

Detective inspector Lee Morton, said: “Today, more than ever, it is important that families and businesses alike are aware of some really simple steps they can take to keep themselves safe online.

“Our use of social media, online shopping, email and internet banking unfortunately creates opportunities for criminals to steal our personal data.

“We want to help make it as hard as possible for criminals to target the people of Kent, which is why our expert officers will be on hand to speak with the people we protect and serve.”

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